Dating a guitar
In general, the following is a goodway to determine if your Kramer is USA made or an "American" series: The following wood neck guitar models were NOT Made in USA or "American" Series guitars.These guitars were made either in Korea, Indonesia,or Japan. 410, 610), Thousand Series, XL Series, ZX Series, Aerostar Series, Showster Series, and Ferrington Series.Locate the serial number and look at the first letter of the serial number.Example: D12345 Based on the first letter, D, this instrument was built in 1987.The first two digits designate the year of manufacture, followed by two digits denoting the month.The remaining four digits denote the instrument’s sequential number of manufacture among all the instruments made during the month indicated.AA1234, AC1234, FA1234, FC1234, SA1234) 2) One letter followed by five letters (e.g. 12345) 4) Model numbers preceding serial number (e.g.b12345) The only exceptionto this would be some of the "E" and "F" series neckplates did have one letter followed by fiveletters (e.g. XL-1234) 5) A chrome or black neck plate with nothing on it but a Kramer headstockand a serial number stamped on them.
This updated system utilizes an impressed eightdigit numbering scheme that covers both serializing and dating functions.For example, serial number 07100091 indicates a guitar built in 2007 (07), in October of that year (10), and that it was the 91st guitar made that month (0091).Similarly, serial number 09050112 indicates the 112th guitar made during May 2009.Like Gibson numbers, there are 8 digits in the completenumber, and follows the code of YDDDYNNN. DDD indicates the day of the year (so DDD can't be above 365), and the NNN indicates the instrument's production ranking for that day (NNN = 021 = 21st guitar built).The Nashville facility begins eachday at number 501, and the Montana workshop begins at number 101.